My dad always told me that if I shut up and work hard, I’ll be rewarded, and I’ve largely found that to be true. We at Motor Trend work long hours, stay up late to hit deadlines, and spend more time than we’d like on the road away from our loving families. The hard work pays off, though — after all, have you seen our recent long-termer? Want more on the #MTLambo? Skip to your favorite sections of this exclusive story on how we spent 30 days and nearly 5,000 miles with a Lamborghini Huracan: The Lamborghini‘s Coachella camping adventures and a snowboarding trip to Mammoth Real MPG-ing the Lamborghini, and supercar surfing The Craigslist music video and how the #MTLambo gave back Yes, as followers of our social media feeds well know from the “#MTLambo” hashtag, we had a brand-new 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 in our possession for a full month for a short long-term test. A 30-Day Huracan, if you will. Considering Lamborghini was handing … [Read more...] about 30-Day Huracan: One Month with MT’s New Lamborghini
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"There were doctors all over her, giving her IVs and this and that," Reginald Moise, the father of one of the victims, told the New York Post. "I was very upset. I told him it was stupid and I didn't understand. He told me, 'That's Mayor de Blasio's no-tolerance policy.'"New York police officers quadrupled the number of jaywalking citations they wrote between 2013 and 2014 as part of the city's ambitious plans to eradicate traffic deaths within its borders by 2024. Approximately 2,000 were issued last year, according to city records. Increased enforcement is one of the lynchpins of the plan, called Vision Zero and modeled after a Swedish strategy to end traffic deaths with a comprehensive overhaul of traffic laws, road design, education and, yes, stricter rules.New York, which will host a traffic-safety symposium as part of its annual auto-show festivities this week, is more prone than most places to pedestrian deaths. Although they comprise only 14 percent of all traffic fatalities … [Read more...] about New York hits speed bumps in pursuit of zero traffic fatalities
The Mirror. Ellison accidentally hit the boy with his car while driving his two daughters. He says he didn't feel the bump as he left the driveway, and didn't know his son was injured. He was found a short time later by a passerby and was rushed to a nearby hospital with cuts and bruises.Ellison at first believed a hit-and-run driver had left the 15-month-old for dead. He sent out a passionate plea for witnesses to come forward on his Facebook page. "I beg anyone who was on Hester's Way Road between 8:30 and 8:40....doing school runs or catching a bus etc to please call the police and help find who did this to my little man x thank you x [sic]."Gloucestershire Police also appealed for witnesses. They later announced that they believed the father was at fault for the boys injuries. It seems to have been a tragic accident, and no further action will be taken against the family."So imagine how I feel right now to be told that I accidentally ran over my own son......think about that … [Read more...] about Father responsible for son’s hit-and-run accident
To paraphrase an old expression, it stops being funny when it starts costing you billions. And make no mistake about it: Cerberus' investment in Chrysler has cost the private equity firm some serious scratch. Bloomberg reports that "The $7.5 billion Cerberus Institutional Partners Series Four [15-month-old fund] lost $32 million on $3.3 billion in investments through March 31… hurt by stakes in unprofitable companies including Chrysler LLC." That one percent drop might not seem like a lot of money in a shaky U.S. economy, but fans of Cerberus' top dog are used to returns in the neighborhood of 25 percent per year. Needless to say, Chrysler's been a bit of a drag for the three-headed dog, all things considered. "Founder Stephen Feinberg plowed as much $4 billion into automaker Chrysler and GMAC LLC, the former vehicle- and home- lending arm of General Motors Corp., before they were battered by the subprime-mortgage collapse and gas prices that rose 34 percent in the past … [Read more...] about Cerberus – Chrysler: Still Sitting in a Tree?
ran some semi-disappointing low-17-second quarter-mile passes. Back in California, I resolved to make some improvements to the car’s running gear. After 15 years as a cheapskate, junkyard-centric gearhead, I was finally willing to spend substantial cash for new aftermarket performance parts. The main question was: what kind of engine would I build?dot-com boom had sent rents in non-crackhouse neighborhoods to worse-than-Manhattan levels. So, I went to the other side of the Bay and rented a Victorian in my old hometown, the Island That Rust Forgot. Though I had left Atlanta, I remained a part-time employee of Year One, going to California car shows and photographing “correct” GM and Chrysler cars, then sending the film back to Year One HQ. That meant that I still enjoyed YO’s generous employee discount, which enabled me to keep my T-shirt collection 100% Rat Fink. This was a photo I shot for a passport application, by the way.real stuff. When I decided on what … [Read more...] about 1965 Impala Hell Project, Part 15: No Replacement For Displacement!
Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.The main action took place in Beijing last week, and we paid close attention to the announcements from the auto show there. BMW, for example, unveiled further details on its “megacity vehicle,” aka “Project i.” It will be fully electric, and thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber, it will tip the scales at just around 1500 pounds. Now if we could just get one of BMW’s motorcycle engines with that package!BMW’s Gran Coupé concept (above) is the answer to the Mercedes-Benz CLS, but the enthusiast community in Europe would rather have an answer to the Audi R8 and Benz’s SLS AMG instead. We continue to wait for a smashing re-interpretation of the legendary M1, preferably one superior to its forebear—which, … [Read more...] about The Continental: Focus on China, Audi’s Lightweight Progress, Woes in Sweden and Japan, Dusting Off the Old Maserati
After steady declines even prior to the diesel emissions scandal of nearly two years ago, Volkswagen of America took another serious hit in 2016 — the best year on record for the auto industry. Compared with 2012, Volkswagen volume sank by 85,000 sales last year.But by the end of 2016, Volkswagen’s U.S. sales volume was beginning to rise again. True, that rise was in comparison with a true low — Volkswagen sales in the final one-sixth of 2016 were up 22 percent year-over-year but were 17-percent lower than in the same period of 2012 — but Volkswagen was bouncing back.The bounce back continued through the first half of 2017, with Volkswagen sales through June up 8 percent despite the market’s 2-percent downturn.Perhaps July was just a blip on the radar. But Volkswagen’s eight-month streak of improvement screeched to a halt last month as the U.S. auto industry reported its most significant losses of the year, and as Volkswagen’s new SUV … [Read more...] about Eight Consecutive Months of Volkswagen Sales Improvement Ends in July 2017 – Crossover Volume Still Very Low
My 2016 Subaru WRX crossed over the 15,000 mile mark after only nine months of ownership. While some of its new car smell has worn off, my affection for it only continues to grow.The WRX has received scheduled maintenance and begun a journey into competitive driving to bring out its full character. I also gave in to the urge to modify the WRX with some small tweaks.The WRX’s mileage has tripled in the six months since my last update. During that time it saw another oil change and a recall, which involved inspection of the turbocharger inlet pipe to identify a manufacturing defect that may have caused a tear. Since this type of tear could cause contaminants to hit the impeller of the turbocharger, I scheduled the recall work as soon as I received the notice. Luckily, my inlet passed the inspection and the Subaru mechanics didn’t find any damage.Since I was approaching the 11,000 mile mark at that time, I asked the … [Read more...] about 2016 Subaru WRX Long-Term Test: Hitting 15,000 Miles
Would you visit a hotel that rents its rooms by the hour to see a 36-year-old Cadillac with a wrench sticking straight out of the carb?That old-school Caddy — a 1979 Cadillac Deville D’Elegance — had pretty much popped straight out of Craigslist while I was eating some hashbrowns at a nearby Waffle House. About an hour after I first saw it, I bought it for $500. TTAC compatriot W. Christian “Mental” Ward even helped me drive it off to my dealership.It was pretty beat up, but the Caddy could still maybe, kinda, sorta play the part of a “Goodfellas” Cadillac if you were far enough away from it. Maybe 50 feet. Maybe 150 feet with a really old pair of eyeglasses.Between seeing a nice thick solid line of fuel sputtering out of the Cadillac’s tailpipe off Highway 278 and watching its body bounce like a pinata at a kid’s birthday party, I decided to do something.I decided to write for TTAC again.A few days later, I was at a shoot … [Read more...] about Hammer Time: From Old Caddys to VW Crusher Fodder, Steve Lang’s Best of 2015
Last week, I told you the tale of my friend Rodney’s grandmother who got taken to the cleaners recently by a Cleveland-area Buick dealer. That story’s not quite finished — apparently there have been a few conversations and trips back and forth to dealer, and at one point the “lost paperwork” excuse came into play — so I’ll update all of you once everything shudders to a final halt.As can be expected from the always-contrarian B&B, not all of you were on the side of the elderly lady in the case. One particularly interesting comment went something like this: “It’s ironic that Jack and Rodney are complaining about the dealer making money off Grandma while at the same time smirking to themselves knowing how often they did that back in the day.”Well, I cannot say that I ever charged anyone over sticker price for any new car, ever. Not even during the week that the first Ford Expeditions started arriving at dealerships and … [Read more...] about No Fixed Abode: The Dealership’s Greatest Hits